28 January 2020
Metropolitan Region Amsterdam Electric (MRA-Electric) has awarded Europe’s largest concession contract for electric vehicle (EV) charging to Total.
Under this agreement, Total will install and operate up to 20,000 new public-charging points in the Netherlands, in the three provinces of North-Holland, Flevoland and some municipalities around Utrecht.
The new contract intends to address the fast-growing demand for public EV-charging points in the Netherlands. The new network will cover a population of 3.2 million people and around 15% of the -country’s current charging demand.
Total Netherlands’ is already the main EVcharging operator in the MRA-Electric region, with over 500 public charging points under operation and accessible to the public.
As part of this concession contract, the electricity supplied by Total Netherlands to the EV-charging network will be 100 % sourced from renewable power produced in the country. Total Netherlands has additionally pledged to gradually source part of it from the MRA region itself, enabling drivers to charge their vehicles with locally-generated and sustainable energy. Total Netherlands will also study new solar-power production opportunities in the MRA region.
In addition, the fuel producer will develop and implement smart-charging technologies allowing both stable grid management at times of high-electricity consumption as well as efficient and sustainable charging when the cost of energy is more affordable. Smart charging will allow drivers to choose when their car charges, while the points will only draw enough energy to top up the battery and therefore will not overload the grid.
The Dutch government is granting €5 million to 21 municipalities to support them in establishing 472 ‘intelligent’ vehicle-to-grid (V2G) charging points for EVs to ensure power networks can cope with the increase in demand.
‘We are happy to have been awarded the largest public EV-charging contract in Europe by Metropolitan Region Amsterdam Electric,’ highlights Alexis Vovk, president for Marketing & Services and member of the Executive Committee at Total. ‘By combining the experience and legacy of our team in the Netherlands with the expertise of Total in EV charging and Solar Power, we were able to present an innovative offer fitting the needs of both the MRA-Electric and the future users.
‘For Total, providing the Dutch EV drivers with such reliable charging infrastructure and services, powered by clean and renewable electricity, is a significant and unprecedented step toward sustainable mobility. It is in line with our ambition to operate 150,000 charging point by Europe by 2025 and to become a major player in the electric-mobility business.’